The chairman of the East Midlands Ambulance Service says it’s not going to merge with another Trust.
Pauline Tagg says they have been talking to West MIdlands – but only about sharing the services of its chief executive.
EMAS has given Connect FM this statement to ‘clarify’ their position:
Pauline Tagg, Chairman of East Midlands Ambulance Service said: Since the departure of Sue Noyes in March, I have been having discussions with NHS Improvement to explore opportunities to strengthen our leadership arrangements. This will allow us to support the existing team to deliver improved performance, quality and better manage our resources; not a merger with another trust.
One of these options has involved talking with West Midlands Ambulance Service about the possibility of their Chief Executive, Dr Anthony Marsh, working with EMAS to support us with these challenges.
This option, and others, are still being explored and discussions have not yet come to a conclusion. It would therefore be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.